Christchurch Press story 19th June 1998
A self-proclaimed Egyptian "high priest'' has been convicted of two charges of indecently assaulting two women. John Joseph, 39, a financial consultant, changed his plea on the two charges to guilty part-way through a jury trial at the Christchurch District Court. The offences occurred in Christchurch in March and July 1996. The charge against the younger of the two women alleged that he fraudulently gained her consent to the act by a false representation. She had earlier told the court that Joseph had offered to heal her bad back through Egyptian massage. He said he was a high priest and practised home magic.
He told the complainant that he had to work her groin area as this was the source of the nerves which caused her bad back. Judge Colin Doherty remanded Joseph on bail until July 2 for sentence. He also called for a probation report and victim impact report. Judge Doherty made it a condition of Joseph's bail that he not associate with either of the complainants and that he surrender his passport, or not make application for a passport. The Crown did not oppose bail. Judge Doherty discharged Joseph without conviction on charges of unlawful sexual connection, and rape of the younger woman. He denied both charges.
Date of Birth
currently at large
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 12 months in July 1998
Reduced on appeal to 8 months in August 1998
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